Core Module Information
Module title: Building Surveying 2 (GA)

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV08401
Module leader: Grant Sinclair
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying


Description of module content:

Survey, sampling, testing and diagnosis of common defects.
Underground - foundation shrinkage and swelling; drainage systems.
Examination of causes of common failure in the external building envelope (foundations, walls, roof, windows, doors, etc.); finishes (internal and external); services.
External works deterioration.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1: Explain cause and effect of typical building defects
LO2: Knowledge and understanding of different types of testing and their limitations
LO3: identify structures/component failure and circumstances which contravene regulatory requirements and recommend appropriate action;
LO4: give examples of remedial action/works and appropriate strategies in various building types and their components including non traditional building techniques and drainage and damp repair.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 3, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Grant Sinclair
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This shall comprise a lecture of up to 2 hours with a linked 1-hour tutorial, held twice per day over a consecutive five day period. The face-to-face teaching delivered in Week 1 shall be supported by independent guided study and underpinned with work-based learning when back in the office and completing the assessments specified for the module (Weeks 2-15).

Lectures deal with the basics of the subject and seek to convey the knowledge base to the students. Active discussion is encouraged throughout the teaching process. Tutorials and practical activities are used to encourage students to apply their skills to the art of recognising specific building failure. In doing so, they learn to identify a solution and a method statement for the required remedial action that is appropriate in each case.

Students are encouraged to read outside the teaching notes and have weekly directed reading specified in the module study guide. The module is assessed in the the form of two comprehensive courseworks.

The use of sketching and developing the ability to illustrate a problem/ solution in pictorial form is identified as an essential communication tool when explaining to prospective clients or as an important record of any survey undertaken. The learning material has been developed in defined sections and has been used successfully for several years. The module addresses a number of the requirements of the RICS Building Surveying APC Pathway Guide at levels 1 & 2 for Building Pathology.

Level 1
Knowledge and understanding of differing types of testing, and the limitations of the tests, for example the use of damp meters and borescopes.

Level 2
Using detailed examples, the relationship between observations taken on site and the diagnosis of failure in building fabric.

Formative Assessment:
The provision of formative feedback is a key component of the LTA approach underpinning this module. Formative feedback opportunities are built into each tutorial where you will be encouraged to engage with and reflect upon module themes via a series of different learning tasks. These provide opportunities for the module tutor to help with your understanding and interpretation of module topics. This formative feedback is delivered in class time in response to student contributions both individually and collectively. Formative feedback arises via the discussion and analysis of tutorial questions, practical examples/cases and associated reflection on a range of learning tasks.

Summative Assessment:
The module is assessed by coursework only which is designed to develop the students' practical and written skills at the end of the semester.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 38
Other Work based learning 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 122
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 60 0 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 40 0 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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